Volunteer lifeguards? Given the current economic
situation, that may not be too far off the mark. In
Albermarle County, Va., officials have recruited volunteers
and jail inmates to help care for public parks. According
to reports, volunteers are helping build a trail network,
and due to budget constraints the project would not be
completed without their help.
The same is true in Des Moines, Iowa. City leaders there
established a volunteer program in which locals pitch in to
help maintain local cemeteries. Recently, they held an open
house to attract new volunteers.